Tips for interviews and jobs

By Abby Richey

As people get into high school, their list of responsibilities grow. Homework load gets heavier, good time management skills become a necessity, and more than likely, teens will end up having to get a job at one point or another during high school. While getting a job is good for teaching responsibility and making cash for themselves, getting the job itself can be difficult. Most of the time, kids aren’t completely educated on what to do and what not to do in an interview, and as everyone knows, a good interview is the key to landing the job they want.

While reading on LiveCareer.com, they gave a list of 10 tips for having an impressive and effective interview.

The first tip on their list was “research your industry or company.” More than likely in an interview, the person interviewing is going to ask the interviewee questions about the company’s history, what they do, their goals and what it’s all about. It is important to be educated enough on the company to be able to answer basic questions about it.

The second tip was “review common interview questions.” There are lists online of some basic interview questions that are very common in most interviews. Reading through some of them and preparing answers ahead of time can help people sound more relaxed and confident in interviews, and can relieve some stress the day of.

Third on the list of tips is “dress for success.” This means the obvious like don’t wear ripped jeans, super low cut tops, or anything inappropriate, or anything like sweats or basketball shorts that isn’t professional. But there are also things like no open toed shoes, no distracting jewelry, no big coats or any other unnecessary accessories. Appearance counts for a lot in an interview, so dress the part.

Fourth was “arrive on time.” Showing up late is a big mistake. If someone wants to get a job, they have to prove they are reliable and responsible. Showing up late for the interview will more than likely make them second guess hiring someone, because they will be concerned with the interviewees ability to manage time well. Get ready, leave in plenty of time and arrive when expected.

The fifth tip on the list was “make a good first impression.” This means be respectful, and put on the best face possible. Often times, first impressions are the biggest things people remember about others. Making a bad first impression puts people off on the wrong foot, and often times it’s hard to recover from it.

Sixth is “be confident and concise with a good attitude.” Even if someone doesn’t know what they are doing, faking confidence, or exuding it anyway will give the impression that someone has their stuff together. Also, even if someone’s answer isn’t the best, say it confidently and concisely, and it will come more believable. It is also important during the whole interview to maintain a positive attitude. Getting frustrated and letting it show, or acting like it isn’t important is a sure way to lose a chance at getting the  job.

Number seven on the list of tips was “remember the importance of body language.” Crossed arms, rolling eyes, checking the time on a watch or turning away from the interviewer are all signs of bad body language. Positive and appropriate body language is just as important as what is said during the interview.

Eighth on the list is “ask insightful questions.” A conversation goes both ways, so an interview should as well. That doesn’t mean return interview questions back to the interviewer like they are the ones trying to get the job, it simply means ask good questions that show interest in learning and getting educated about the job and position in question.

The ninth tip was “sell yourself then close the deal.” This means, say what needs to be said to prove competence, make a good impression, then end on a good note. Say something that leaves an impression on the interviewer and secure a spot.

The tenth and final tip was “always say thank you.” Being polite and having good manners is important throughout the entire interview, but even more at the end because it is likely that that is the last thing the interviewer will hear from the interviewee, until they get, or maybe don’t get, the job. Just as the interviewee took time out of their day to be there, so did the interviewer. Showing that the time is appreciated is very important.

For even more tips and help with interviews, visit either www.experisjobs.us, or www.thebalancecareers.com. Sometimes it is also helpful to seek advice from teachers, or other adults who have been through the interview process.

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